Source: OUR EYES ON THE PRIZE.
Source: OUR EYES ON THE PRIZE.
When an athlete is in a race running fast at the athlete’s own fast speed with the intention of winning the race, with eyes fixed on the prize, the only thing on the athlete’s mind is ‘winning’! But what if the athlete gets bitten by an insect (I mean real ‘mean’ insect) or gets injured badly, what will happen? The athlete may want to check the affected part on the skin where the pain is scourching from! If the athlete gives that so much attention, won’t the speed reduce? Upon all the training, self-discipline and determination, will the athlete give in to the pain and forfeit the aim? But, if the athlete endures the pain to finish the race and then wins, the athlete’s success will have a story to be told!
We christians are like this athlete. We face a whole lot of difficulties which through the help of God, we’ve overcome. But there are times…really…there are times we just feel…lost, empty, useless and even destroyed! It can be because of sickness, bereavement, loss of loved one or property, failure, grief or anything else. I know the fact that since we have the Jesus, we have power over the devil so, there’s no way we can be hurt. But can you remember Job? He was…one of the coolest-God-guy on earth at his time. But the devil took away everything that made his life make sense, well with God’s permission though.But he stood his ground, he was like that athlete looking unto something worth more than the circumstance he was facing.
Now I want you to know that there are times (and there will be times) we will face bad challenges that may want to weigh us down. There are times God makes blessings in disguise, like sweetness after the bitter partof life (like a bitter leaf!) What you are to do is just to hold on to him in FAITH: strong faith not shaking. And above all, ask for GRACE not to be moved by the difficulties of life and not to fail him,but to stand and focus on him to get the reward. Have you ever wondered why you see bad things happen all around you, and you discover you dont experience those bad things? That’s GOD’S GRACE! Its not about who’s prayerful or not, it is just grace! Ask for that GRACE today to get the prize and finish the race, no matter the pain!
“Looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith who for the JOY set before him ENDURED the CROSS, DESPISING the SHAME, and has sat down at the RIGHT HAND of the THRONE of GOD.” Hebrews 12vs2.
Dedicated to (late) Mrs. Agboola.
FIRST PROTEST EXPERIENCE; HOME ALONE!
Seriously, the riot displayed on campus was no child’s play. I thought my first year will be free from any form of violence till maybe…the next two years in my four-year stay on campus, but I never thought it’ll be anytime soon! My predictions where wrong; I never wished it’ll be my first year here! I felt the atmosphere of the 1966-1970 colonial war (in Nigeria). Back then, the easterners were forced to go back to their homelands because of the war. Here, we were asked to vacate not only the hostels but also the school premises. You should have seen the sight as people (students) were running up and down, packing up their bags and loads, calling friends for safety and calling families for refuge! Thank God it’s over and we are back in school, but the experience opened my eyes to something.
Presently in Nigeria, the fuel hike is posing a bigger threat of a bigger strike! I can remember the last strike…that’s another lamentation for another day! Not good at all!
But, seriously all these happenings ring a bell of the same tune to me. Okay. It’s just riot, its just strike. But, what if the rapture takes place anytime soon? What will happen to all those left behind? When the ‘left behind’ discover that some of their friends, relatives colleagues and those they know have gone up, remembering all their preachings and talk about God, Jesus and rapture; what manner of chaos will be in place?
Now that’s the ULTIMATE STRIKE I dint want to face! The end-time is here, the coming of the Lord is near. Will you be ready when he comes? Jeremiah 29vs11 says he has great plans for us, John 3vs16 affirms that part of the plan is for us to have eternal life after all our struggles (and strikes) on earth. There is only one thing, the devil doesn’t want us to have all this, doesn’t want us to make heaven and wants us to face the ultimate strike! Accept Christ now, in Revelation 3vs20, He is pleading with you to open your heart to him. Don’t be too busy for God cause you wont be too busy on the last day; repent, resolve in your heart to live only for him and rededicate your life to him. At the last day, the reward for upholding your salvation will be yours not his; the glory will be all unto him. He’s doing it all for our own good.
ULTIMATE STRIKE…Lord help us not to partake in it!